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Updated: 07/12/2014 08:00:02AM

Why the Chalet is closing

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Jim Gouvellis

PHOTO BY PAUL STAIK


After eight decades of service to the community, Chalet Suzanne is closing its doors and its owners, Eric and Denise Hinshaw, are retiring.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Chalet Suzanne Restaurant hours, as posted on the outside of one of their banquet halls.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


It was said that as the Hinshaw family traveled, they brought back bits of the world with them to decorate the Chalet. This stunning stained glass window was always eye catching.

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It was the Great Depression that spawned the birth of Chalet Suzanne in the early part of the 20th Century. It was the Great Recession in the early part of the 21st century that led to its demise.

Chalet Suzanne and Lake Wales have a long history together. In the scheme of things, they are about the same age. Lake Wales became a city in 1917, received its municipal charter in 1921 and Chalet Suzanne opened its doors to the public in 1931.

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